A large crowd attended a very interesting presentation by Zoe Devlin titled ” Wildflowers of Ireland – a personal record” which recently took place in Kilkenny. The event was coordinated by Bird watch Ireland Kilkenny branch. Zoe reviewed Ireland’s rare flowers and also some of the not so rare flowers including flowers growing in Kilkenny. Invasive species were also reviewed.
The importance of pollinator species was discussed. The event ties in to the theme of improving habitat for our bees in Kilkenny. The importance of many plants to specific insects and having adequate food for birds was noted.
Kilkenny Arts festival 2017 commenced in warm sunny weather. There were large crowds attending the many street events which took place during the opening weekend. Great colour was to be seen and the flower displays were fantastic. Congratulations to all!
Music in the Rose Garden
There were many stalls and art presentations
The Mayors walk
The Mayors walk with art displays
the Parade market
Rothe house on Parliament street with great colour.
A fantastic new roundabout at Henebry Cross on the Castlecomer road approach to Kilkenny City has been planted with sustainable plants and a really special floral sculpture of substantial scale. Congratulations to Kilkenny Co Co
A pollinator day took place at Rothe house on their garden open day in conjunction with Tanguy de Toulgoët and coordinated by the KKB. Tanguy is a bee keeper and he explained the art of bee keeping and the importance of pollinator plants. There was also a honey tasting. Information was provided in relation to the selection of pollinator plants and how a garden could be made more bee friendly.
Visitors from Japan review the bee hive design which is of French/Japanese design
Honey tasting in Rothe garden
Rothe house herb garden
Rothe orchard, the grass is being left uncut to encourage wild flowers
Tanguy de Toulgoët explains the bee hive construction.
Saturday May 28th : Presentation at Bee friendly Rothe House garden 1pm-3pm. There will also be the identification of bee/pollinator friendly plants. All are welcome. Entry to the Gardens is free to all on the day. Arranged by KKB and Rothe House gardens.
We also welcome Tanguy de Toulgoët a bee keeper to explain the art of bee keeping. He uses a French system using a vertical divisible hive. The small boxes suits very well the size of the bee cluster especially during the winter. It is a great hive to keep bees naturally. They organise their nest in their own way and the surplus honey is harvested (if any) around August. The honey is stored in the higher boxes. The honey will be pressed or can be eaten in the comb. A full box is always left for the bees for the winter.